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What is a atheist?

just wondering it's pretty much the only religion that I don't know anything about. Is it a religion?

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A free thinker that is not brainwashed by religion/gods and believes in the concept of reality and the goodness of people.

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That sounds COMPLETELY unbiased ._.
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Who are YOU to judge anyone?!
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But that what atheist is being not brain wash
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*Yawn*
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Trubblez, I'm not judging anyone. I'm sorry if it sounded like I was. I just think it sounds biased because of the use of words like "brainwashed" and "reality".
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That was very biased.
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Like Christiams aren't biased when they go around yammering about how their god obviously exists and loves you?
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A person whom rejects the claims that there is a god or gods. Its not a religion by definition.

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I guess it's kind of a religion. It just means that you don't believe in any god.

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It's nothing like religion.
Is your lack of a belief in Zeus or Santa a religion?
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Well, that's a little different. I'm pretty sure it's a religion because it's about your religious beliefs.
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How are my examples different? An absence of religion is not a religion. That's completely illogical.
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The absence of a club is not a club. The absence of a political party is not a political party. The absence of religious beliefs is not a religion. You also must realize that members of a religion must share certain beliefs and follow certain customs. The only thing atheists have in common is their lack of a belief in any gods. Everything else varies.
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Haha, sorry. You make an excellent point. I have an interesting way of thinking sometimes 0_o
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Yet, there are churches for athiests. And, billboards that invite you in.
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How is ithat "not" a club. ;)
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And, a there wouldn't be a term used.
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1. I've never heard of an atheist church. If they exist, 99% of atheists do not attend them. Seems like more of a group of atheists meeting up to relate. All that proves is that atheists are a category of people, however it's definitely not a religion. It's strange that there are many religious people who are adamant in proving atheism is a religion. WE are not trying to prove Christianity isn't anything but a religion, so why can't these certain "believers" leave us alone?
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O_o Okay, I don't know what's happening here, but I want no part of it.
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Well...there is no nerd to get mad at anyone. Mstina...u keep mentioning that there cant be a club for a lack of belief in something. Yet, u must be unaware of the many clubs there actually r for atheists. No need to tell others to leave u alone. It is what it is.
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I'm not mad, I'm annoyed that people like you are so convinced that atheists, people who have no religion, are somehow part of a religion. Atheism in itself is not a religion. If some atheists decide to make a club out of it, that doesn't change the fact that atheism isn't a religion.
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I actually never said there couldn't be a club for a lack of belief in something. You misread my comments.
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From what I know of, there are no churches for atheists. If anything, they are more like socializing events. A church is a place to worship. In fact, if the atheists call it a church then it may just be an oxymoron.
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No a atheist is someone who doesn't believe in god or any religion they just believe that when you die you die nothing more nothing less

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But no one knows I mean most people believe that you go to heaven or .... (Even if it is a location I was taught never to use those words) but frankly no one knows but I believe something most happen. Just don't know yet but I still don't want to know for a while yet. I just believe that something will happen and that your not supposed to know till its time.
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Is that ok to believe that? I'm not saying there isn't a heaven or .... I'm just saying that no one knows and that it could be really anything.
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You can believe in anything you want. You can stick to mainstream religion, make up your own beliefs, or have none at all.
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Yah true but religious people depending on there religion believe they go somewhere when they die is that true I don't know
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You are right, lexy. And, people die and come back to tell us. Athiests and "everyone" alike.
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No they don't. People have hallucinations during cardiac death that they wrongly believe means they "saw heaven".
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Thats negative. People cannot die (be without oxygen for a length of time and come back with zero side effects and have extreme vivid memory. That is not scientifically possible.
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Someone who doesn't believe in the concept of God or Religion.

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Not necessarily. I acknowledge the concept, it's the existence I don't agree with.
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One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.

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It's not really a religion, it's a person who has no religion.

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Atheism is not a religion or a belief, it's a rejection of beliefs.

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It's not a religion just people who don't believe what others think in terms of religion love ya

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It's how you feel about all religions except the one you are born into.

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Good point
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We are all born Atheist until the fairytales are told.
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It is not a religion. It is the lack of religion. They believe in nothing.

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Well they have to believe in something every one has to believe in something right?
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Not true. They don't believe in any form of a god or any type of afterlife. All they believe is that you live, and then die. They follow no form of religion at all.
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Absence of religion.
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Nothing ? How about ice cream ?
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Well, their belief in "nothing" has groups and clubs and even billboards that invite everyone into their "group."
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lolo, He's explained already what he means by nothing. He said we don't believe in any form of a god or any type of afterlife. Yes, that is true, at least for me. I do not believe in a god or an afterlife. Of course, that's what makes life worth more the living. You have limited time to do the things you want to do and spend time with the people you love. When someone realizes they're only months away from dying (as told by the doctors) they do the same thing.
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Technically some religious atheists (like Theravada Buddhists) DO believe in a form of afterlife.

Atheism is just the lack of belief in gods.
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@lolo: Perhaps they are like the rest of the human population, wanting to be accepted and socialize with others? After all, most of the people I know are all Christians. Sometimes people want to talk to other people of different faiths (or in the case of atheists, lack of faith) simply for socializing and to feel more accepted and not so alone. Surely that's not a crime is it?
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Socialization does not equal religion.
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I never said anything was a crime. I just laugh bc its been said (by athiests) they have no groups or clubs bc u cant have a club in a lack of belief. Yet, there r lots of them.
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Lolo, I love all the time when religious people tell me they don't have a religion, but it's a relationship. And yet, that's exactly what they have: a religion.
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Well, they say that bc religion is man made and based mainly on traditions. But, having a relationship with a living, loving God is not the same as a dead religion. There is a big difference. When u have a relationship with your spouse, your parentt, a friend, etc, u dont call that relationship a religion.
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Not necessarily. There are many religions that are not based mainly on traditions. In fact there are many traditions that are based on religions. And yeah religions are man made but that's not the point in religion. A religion is an organized set of beliefs, based on faith, in one or more higher powers, which includes but is not limited to worship and praise. As far as I'm concerned, you have a religion. It's an organized set of beliefs (organized by the bible), based on fat, in one higher power and it includes worship and praise.
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Someone who does not believe in a god or other religion.

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Not brainwash into a belief of any deity and no it no a religion

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No it no a religion Nicely said ?????
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Will you can see it how you will but that how I see it
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What language are you trying to speak
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But that how I see it ?????
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It is the belief without a deity but think of that anyway you want I see it as not be brainwash you could see it different from me
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Atheist is someone bases their religious (or non religious for this matter) beliefs off of scientific facts, theories, conjectures, etc.

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An atheist is a person who does not believe in any gods. That is the only similarity among ALL atheists. Anything else, such as that they rely on science and logic, are beliefs held by MOST atheists.
A lack of a belief in something is not a religion. Not believing in fairies is not a religion, not believing in unicorns is not a religion, and likewise not believing in gods is not a religion.

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A person who believes that God doesn't exist.

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How sad that is
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Correction: Doesn't believe god(s) exists. There's a difference.
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Lol.
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"how sad is that" not very. . .
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That definition could apply to any non-Christian, meaning that Hindus and Animists are atheists, which is simply not true. The real definition is someone who rejects all supernatural beliefs.
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No it isn't. Some atheists believe in the supernatural- atheism is just a lack of belief in any and all deities.
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Nope. Atheism is the belief that God doesn't exist.

Atheist: god doesn't exist!!
Agnostic: it's impossible to know!
Theist: God does exist!!!


You're an agnostic. Not an atheist.
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In other words- anyone who doesn't have a belief in one or more gods is an atheist. It has nothing to do with whether you think it can be proven or known with certainty.
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Exni: You're resorting to the Strawmen argument; meaning making us smaller than what we are so we become easier to attack.

Atheist: I do not believe in a god
Agnostic: There could be a god but there's no evidence.
Theist: god exists.

Exni, Hitler was a Christian.
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No he wasn't.
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Yes he was. Hitler stated plenty of times that he believed in god in his journal Mein Kempf. So yes, he was a Christian.
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Just because he stated that doesn't make him a Christian. The devil himself believes in God. He's not a Christian though
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He (adolph hitler) was a politician and a lunatic. Do you understand how many lies he told? Do you believe everything he said is true?
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@Mustang: Hitler also stated once or twice that he was a Christian.
@Exni: He may have told lies, but I'm sure you do that, too. If he says he's a Christian, then I believe him. After all, you can't prove to me that he's wrong.
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Hitler was a liar. Apart from him saying that he was a Christian, there is no evidence of His salvation at all. If anything, he was heavily under the influence of the spirit of antichrist. You only believe him when it's convenient for you to prove a point; any other time you would be in complete agreement with him being a psychopathic and lying politician.
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Actually, no, I don't think he was psychopathic. He had problems when he was younger and so that's what made him who he was.

Hitler was a Christian. He said he believed in god. Therefore, that's enough to show that he was a Christian. Sure, he may not have done some very moral things, but hey, it's not like you're a very moral person either. My argument still stands because you can't refute it: Hitler was a Christian.
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Hitler was not a Christian. Your argument is your opinion; it suits your cause. Hitler was a liar and a lunatic. He killed many christians as well. You need to do some unbiased research on this issue.

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No, he was a Christian.
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Adolf Hitler practiced a modified version of Christianity, where he made many differences to mainstream Christianity. He thought that the Old Testament was "Satan's Bible" and that stuff.
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Blockhead: Of course! What perfect god who never changes because he's perfect would say that homosexuals should be put to d3ath (in Leviticus 20:13) and then turn around in the New Testament and claim that this is wrong. According to the Bible, god only makes laws that are just and fair. This god also never changes because he's perfect. Therefore, Hitler had something right. The Old Testament shows that at one point "god" thought it was just and fair for homosexuals to be put to d3ath, then the New Testament shows that he doesn't think it's just and fair. It's not the same god obviously.
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I have no idea why this got moderated, but Exnihilo really needs to learn the terms:
For the hundredth time- agnosticism is a position on knowledge not belief. It isn't some middle ground between atheism and theism. Nearly everyone, atheist and theist alike, is agnostic.

Atheism and theism are opposite positions on belief. Agnosticism and Gnosticism are opposite positions on knowledge. People are one of EACH set.

Agnostic theist- it is impossible to know with certainty or prove a god exists, but I believe in one anyway based on faith.

Agnostic atheist- it is impossible to know with certainty or prove a god exists but I do not believe in any due to lack of evidence

Gnostic theist- we can be certain or prove god exists

Gnostic atheist- we can be certain no gods exist (this position is extremely rare)
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I understand just fine. As I said, agnostics say there's not really any way to know whether or not God exists. Every time you try and correct me as though I have said something wrong.

Moving along- there's no such thing as an agnostic christian. Every Christian KNOWS God and partakes in a personal relationship with Him.
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John 3:16 tells you to BELIEVE in him, NOT know him, Exni. Also, it can't be about knowing because that would take way faith. When you know something, you don't have faith in that thing, you just have knowledge of it. Faith is believing in something, even if you're wrong. You've claimed many times you have faith. Now you say you KNOW. Stop contradicting yourself.
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How can you have faith without belief? And how can you believe without knowing?
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That's why it's called BELIEF, and not knowing. Believing is defined as trusting, having faith, or having confidence in someone or something. It doesn't necessarily mean you KNOW something. You can indeed believe without knowing. Otherwise, you've just declared all other religions are true, because they BELIEVE in other gods.
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I know God as a child knows his dad; this is why we, who are in Christ, call Him our Father. It is a personal relationship by which I KNOW Him. I believe in Him, not in the sense of knowledge, but of love and faith. My faith in Him is in His promises and truth.

I can I trust, have faith, believe in, and hope in someone whom I do not know? I couldn't! But I -know- God, through Jesus Christ, and I have faith and believe Him.
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How can I*
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Then you don't believe in him. It's either that, or you don't know him. You can't believe in something and know it at the same time.
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I know God. I believe in Him like a child believes in His Dad. You still don't understand what it means to believe, have faith (trust and hope), in God.

I cannot have faith (believe) in someone who I don't know. It's not "believe" that God exists. It's BELIEVE in GOD.

Think about it.
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I also know God exists as I know I exist and I /know/ god like I know my dad, its a personal relationship. This is to know God.
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@ Exn I know what your saying but they are lost and don't have a clue. In the end they will wish a million times over that they had listened
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No, he's just deluded.
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Thank you mustang.

I was wondering if I am just doing a bad job of explaining or what. It's good to know my explanation is understandable.

:-)
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Someone who doesn't believe in God. What a sad life

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The sad part is that you can't find any joy or purpose in your life without mythology.
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My life is great and with better morals than any corrupt believer.
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You may think its great but you don't know what great is until you have Jesus in your life. I would never go back to my old life
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Thats fine....Im happy your happy, but dont be thinking for me and tell me Im sad or not happy. I have an excellent life with great respect for others without myths running my life.
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Yet another Atheist Vs. Christian argument. Give me a break -_-
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There's nothing sad about it. I was miserable as a Christian, and love life again as an atheist.
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If your atheist then you never were a true Christian to start with
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Hardly not mustang. Many of us were indeed true Christians. But we examined what we thought to be our faith. Even I myself had a point when I truly believed and I did everything I could to serve god. However, I examined and questioned my beliefs one day. Turned out, many of them disagreed with what the Bible said. I was a true Christian indeed.

Besides, what would you know? You've never been an atheist anyway.

Also, it's a bigger joy to live without a god. Not because you don't have anything stopping you, but because you make the choice yourself and you can become a better person.
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Mustang, I will give you some credit, though. Out of most of the Christians on here, you are the one who gave the most decent and accurate answer. Most of them said an atheist is someone who believes there is no god.

Geek and 7th: Let's give him some credit. At least he got the answer right.
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Star for that mustang.
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You know, unless you're enjoying serving God and your perfectly happy with that, your not a true Chirstian. You need to stay away from stuff like bad movies and game not because you have to, but because you WANT to.
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Just because someone doesn't believe in god doesn't mean its a sad life.
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A "true Christian" is just a person who truly believes in the Abrahamic god and that "Jesus" was his son and the Messiah. Most American atheists were once Christians.
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Atheism declares that there is no god. Christianity teaches that there is a God. Both cannot be true. So which one is correct, the atheist or the Christian? How you respond depends upon faith. It depends on the source of your faith. Will you have faith in self? Or in God? The Christian's source of confidence--his faith-'is an unshakable faith in God, revealed in His Word, manifested in Jesus Christ, and confirmed by His Spirit. This is not only a more defensible belief system than the atheist's; it is a far better way to live. In fact, it is the only way to really live. "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:6).
http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/christian-apologetics/christian-arguments-against-atheism.html

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Perfect example of why getting false information about atheists from a christian apologetics site is a bad idea if you care at all about getting the right answer.
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..and what part of that do you deny?
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Atheism doesn't say there is no god. We don't believe there is a god. We don't have "faith" that there isn't a god. That's another lie by theists to make it seem like their belief in magical gods is just as valid as not believing in gods. And you guys living a better life is just another meaningless, self righteous, and arrogant statement that's not actually true.
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If you don't believe in a god, you are saying there is not god. There is no difference.
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God doesn't believe in atheists
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Ask atheists are really closet agnostics.
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We're both agnostic and atheist if you haven't learned by now.
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I'm not saying there is no god. I'm saying I don't believe there is. Technically, there may be a god. Just like there may be fairies and unicorns in another dimension we don't know about. But I'm not going to pretend for a moment that those things are probable at all. Especially if nothing supports it.
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@strawberry: As an atheist, I don't believe in a god. That's not saying I believe there is none. It's saying I don't believe in one.
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ExNihilo still doesn't know the definition of agnostic and atheist.

Again- agnosticism is not a position on belief. Almost everyone, atheist and theist alike, is agnostic.
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It is a distinction without a difference.
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There's a big difference. You folks continually misuse agnostic as though it is some middle ground of atheism and theism. It isn't.
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How about this, you say no evidence of God.... When is the last time you read "Scientist come to conclusion, no evidence for almighty creator." ? You HAVEN'T. Why??? Because they are not looking!!! If I don't look for it I don't see evidence of water on the earth, but hey go to the sink and you will be amazed.
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I'm no agnostic. I know God exists.
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Then provide us with your evidence, Exni
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You already have it.
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Well then show me what this evidence is. You claim I have it already, but I don't know where it is. Therefore, show me.
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You don't see the evidence of God's existence because you don't want to
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No, I want to. Show me the evidence.

@mustang: You can't show me the evidence because you have none.
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I asked a question before and no one had any real evidence other than he's there,or I had a dream.
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You already have been shown! Look to the truth, which is Jesus Christ, and believe! Repent of your sins and accept God as your Lord and Savior. Then you will come to know the truth. This is is Gods Word.
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God's existence is clearly seen in what He has made. The intricate brilliance of the created order reveals the mind of an infinitely intelligent Designer just as surely as a great work of architecture or a complex piece of technology reveals the mind of its designer. Furthermore, our own consciences and sense of justice, though corrupted by our rebellion, still tell us there is right and wrong and a God who has a perfect moral standard. The truth is, if you are an atheist, it is not because it makes sense, it is because you don't want to face up to the fact that there is a God out there to whom you are accountable. You don't like God and are trying to hide from Him. You need not feel this way. God has provided a way back for you.http://www.chaim.org/atheist.htm
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@strawberry: Intelligent designer? Maybe you should stop paying attention to how the world works, and pay more attention to the flaws of creation? Pay attention not to how everything seems to be in order, but rather how everything is not in order.

Our consciences and sense of justice is not there because of some god. It's there because those are the rules by which we makes ourselves out to be. As humans we are a social species and because we're a social species there are certain ways that we must behave and certain ways we must not behave. We don't need a god for any of this.

@Exni: I have not been shown any kind of evidence. Repeating the beliefs of your religion is not evidence. If that would be the case, then Allah must be the real creator as many Muslims repeat their beliefs all the time.
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I ask again: Where is your evidence? I want real, undeniable evidence. Not fake, this is what I want to hear evidence.
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Nope.

Islam is from Muhammad, a man.
Christ is God. Proven in His resurrection.
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Islam is from Allah, the creator of the Universe.
Christ is some guy who taught morality but in reality NEVER did he resurrect.

Again, I ask for evidence.
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Islam is from Muhammad.
Salvation is from the Jews, as God promised and fulfilled in Christ.

So you deny the resurrection, and that is your choice. Evidence has been given, but you deny it for your lifes sake. Christ says that those who want to keep their lives shall lose it, but for those who lose their lives for His sake shall gain it, and gain it in abundance.
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Islam is from Allah, who is the creator of all. This is a fact. Read the Quran and you will find this.

Yes, I deny the resurrection. I deny it because NO evidence has been given. Just like my argument above of it coming from the Quran isn't evidence to prove that the Islam is from Allah, you're arguments of your beliefs coming from the Bible isn't enough evidence to prove your god exists.
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There's evidence. Eyewitness testimony preserved in the bible and the witness of the Holy Spirit. The bible is a collection of historical documents, as you know.
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Too bad you choose to ignore the light God has provided to you in order that you might turn from the darkness and toward Him. As if you love the darkness more than the light...
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He doesn't have any actual evidence- just assertions he can't back up. And the bible is extraordinarily inaccurate historically and the Gospels are not eyewitness accounts. Theologians all know this, it's strange that you don't.
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There is evidence that Allah is the true creator. It is found in the Quran and the witness of Mohammed.
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Allah just means God, and Muhammad's idea of God was formed upon the revelation which God provided through the Jews. So Muhammad knew of HIM, but his revelation was perverted by the spirit of antichrist; this is made clear in the inefficiency of Islam when viewed in light of the revelation of God himself as given to and through the Jews.

I AM is the creator. The only living God, who is was and always will be.
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No, he formed the idea through the visions and revelations he got from Allah. The only one whose revelation was perverted by the antichrist was Jesus, which is quite ironic.

Speak facts; not opinions.

Still not evidence.
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I haven't seen any proof of this imaginary allah. Where's the proof
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You already have this proof. You've been had this proof. Just ask any Muslim and they will tell you that you have this proof.
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Atleast I know what I'm talking about. You speak of things you don't know not do you believe. You're lying even while trying to prove a point.

Stop lying and speak what you know.
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I am speaking what I know. Just because you don't like how it reminds you of your own religion, doesn't mean you can claim I don't know anything.
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You don't know Muhammad or GOD. You're lying because it benefits you right now to do so. Stop lying... I speak the truth, which is what I know. You do not know what you're talking about and so you are a liar.

I would rather you be honest and speak what you know rather than this. As long as you are pretending to be that which you aren't then how can we discuss these things?

I don't mean to offend you when I say you're lying, but you are.
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You've never spoken a word of truth, you've just yammered in about your unsupported beliefs.

Offensively calling anyone who disagrees with you a liar just shows what sort of person you are.
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You can test everything I've said against the bible and I have not lied once. I know the truth, which is Jesus Christ, and I have no reason to lie.

PO is the one debating under false pretenses. That's lying.
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An atheist is a football fan at a tennis match.

Seriously? It's somebody who doesn't believe in any Gods.
Christians and Muslims are all atheists with one insignificant exception. They believe in one god but not in all the others.

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Someone who believes there is no God

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Not at all.
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Exactly.
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No- atheism is not a belief. You can't believe in the nonexistence of something.
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I believe leprechauns don't exist. I believe Santa Claus doesn't exist. I believe the tooth fairy doesn't exist.
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You can believe something doesn't exist i do all the time.
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Exni: You don't believe any of those things. You're only saying that to justify your argument. May your god have mercy on your soul.
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He already has. :-)
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May he do it again.
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Gods Mercy is perfect; eternal and infinite. We all partake in His mercy.
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That's great. Well, I don't partake in his mercy and I do along just fine. You on the other hand aren't open minded and can't take the heat when your beliefs are challenged.
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You do partake. You are alive, and this is due to His mercy.
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Utter nonsense.

You don't BELIEVE that leprechauns don't exist. "Belief" is defined as "acceptance that something exists" or "faith or confidence in something". Absence of belief in a thing is not itself a belief.
Your attempt to try and twist meanings to equate atheism with your unfounded beliefs is both transparent and a little bit sad.
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But I can believe something is true. I believe that it is true that those things don't exist.

There's no toy factory nor Claus residents in the North Pole.
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Just like an atheist believes it is true that God doesn't exist.
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No, we don't. As atheists, we don't believe in god. We don't believe there is no god.

Also, no, I do not partake. I am alive simply because I have made some very good choices the day before and I keep myself healthy. Your god, who does nothing, will not take the credit for the hard work I do myself.
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Again, you don't have a belief in the nonexistence of something- you just have no reason TO believe in that thing.

This nonsense is like trying to call not playing tennis a sport.
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Word games.
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I find it funny that most of the athesitic answers on here not only give a biased definition, but they completely deny them ever being biased even when they use the word "brainwashed". An atheist is someone who rejects the idea of a God or God's. There you go straight from a frankly offended chrsitian after reading some of these answers....not that anyone cares for the feelings of christians anymore, just for the rights of everyone/everything else...

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This from the person who called atheists arrogant and opinionated?
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I said SOME, watch atheist experience on YouTube, even if you don't think the people in the video are being that way, generally the titles will be offending.
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"not that anyone cares for the feelings of christians anymore, just for the rights of everyone/everything else..." Actually, as weird as this may sound, I'm quite glad they act like that. After all, Christians aren't the only ones with beliefs, or opinions, or anything like that. We're not really focusing any more on the Christians like we used to; we're being moral individuals and focusing on everybody.

And the atheist experience isn't a good example. I don't even think of them as atheists. I think of them more like mad at god Christians. They're the extremists. It's like comparing Christians to the Westboro baptist church
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Of hitler for that matter.
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Hitler was a Christian. He also happened to be a lunatic, which was far more important. His Christianity was rather incidental, as is the religious position of most lunatics. Crazy folks commit their atrocities because they are power hungry maniacs, not because of their religious persuasion, be it Christian or Hindu or Buddhist or atheist. Religion can just provide a nasty justification for their actions, which makes them more acceptable to the populace.


I've never watched "The Atheist Experience" because I don't watch junk on YouTube. But making broad generalizations about a group of folks based on the actions of a few of their ilk is illogical. It's called "Poisoning the Well".
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Hitler was a lunatic.

He said He was a Christian.

He was also a politician and a master manipulater.

He was no Christian, as the term indicates an individual who has committed their lives to the teachings of Christ. Anyone can see that was far from Hitlers twisted agenda.
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An atheist is a person who either: 1.) believes there is no god or 2.) lacks the belief in any god. It really all depends on the atheist, as there are some atheists who will say that they believe there is no god.

And no, it is not a religion. A religion has to do with the beginning of the universe and higher powers. Even if you believe there is no god, you're simply rejecting ONE claim of how the universe started.

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We just reject the fairytale way.
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Atheism is just a lack of belief in gods. It is not a religion and we share no common beliefs or philosophies.

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Atheism is the lack of belief in a god or in gods.

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